How’s the build-up to Christmas going for you?  I’m finding it quite hard to get into the Christmas spirit this year, because, you know, it’s not exactly been a good year for the world.  And I almost (but not quite) banned my reading of political articles over the Christmas holidays, after a read of one in-depth analysis gave me a migraine – seriously, it did.  But no, I don’t pull the duvet over my head re: politics and I’m not going to stop my interest in it now.

However, we put the Christmas tree up last week and decorated it, and that does gives the house a festive look.

I’ve inherited several Christmas tree decorations that belonged to my mother and one of these is nearly as old as me as it was bought for their first Christmas in England after they returned from India. That would have been Christmas 1947.

So this bauble is 69 years old and how it’s survived all our respective moves, I don’t know.  But it’s tenderly wrapped up every year and every time I unwrap it I feel I’m touching my mother’s DNA and give her a sweet, silent kiss.

The past week was quite grey and damp so, feeling a bit miz about the weather and things in international politics, mid-week I trotted round my local town and popped into its one clothes store.  Please note I wasn’t going to buy anything as my whole ethos now is chucking out the excess in my wardrobe and not buying!  (Posting about that shortly.)  But, I spotted this!

I know, another hat.  But I just love it.  And reader what a bargain it was.  The price tag was £10 but on the till both the shop assistant and me had a shock – it was reduced to £2.50.  Wow!

Next door is a charity shop, so feeling quite chipper now, I went in and ferreted around the racks of multicoloured clothes, and found this.

Another bargain at £2.50!  See, the thing about charity shop shopping is, always look!

Here it is worn with a little bolero, essential for these cold damp days.

I must say I returned home feeling really good about myself and Christmas! Yes,  I am so shallow, little things, you know…..

But that hat.  Since I’ve bought it I’ve worn it nearly every day.  Here’s another pic of it!

I shall be posting a couple more pieces during the Christmas holidays then we’re off to warmer climes, but in the meantime, have a lovely, lovely Christmas and New Year.

And here’s wishing the world a very much better year, next year!

With every best wish to you and your family

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Do you have any very old Christmas tree decorations?

P.P.S. Sharing with Judith’s #hatattack and Catherine Summers #iwillwearwhatilike session.

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15 thoughts on “Another hat for my collection!

    • 23rd December 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks so much. You know I’ve even contemplated getting another one as a back-up! This is because I can see it’s not quite the quality of my black Toulouse hat and it might not last – but at that price. It’s the colour I love.

  • 19th December 2016 at 10:56 am

    What a lovely dress. It looks gorgeous with the bolero. I’m glad your purchases cheered you up. Have a happy Christmas, and enjoy your sunshine break. I look forward to reading your blogs in 2017.

    • 23rd December 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thanks so much, Julie. I will enjoy the break – can’t quite get my head round it might actually be warm where we’re going! And yes, I’ll be back to write more in 2017. Season’s Greetings to you.

  • 19th December 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Great hat! Also had good day at charity shop new vintage Hamells jumper and large floppy hat. Happy Christmas! Fiona

    • 23rd December 2016 at 8:42 am

      I like the sound of your floppy hat! A very Happy Christmas to you and all the best for 2017!

  • 19th December 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Love the new hat Penny.
    We have some really old tree baubles that belonged to my parents but they’re not as vintage as yours. They’re probably early 60s. I wish we had the bell shaped Christmas tree lights with nursery rhymes on each one that I had as a child (I’m 66) but they must have got thrown away ? We’ve not put a tree up this year as we are in New York for Christmas with family. Have a really happy Christmas. Love Ellie.
    PS. What camera do you use. Would you recommend it?

    • 23rd December 2016 at 8:52 am

      Yes, I have some other baubles that belonged to my mother and these would be from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I’ll have to point them out to my children one day so they know how old they are.

      The camera is a Sony NEX7 and is used mainly by my other half who is a good photographer who understands all that this camera can do. He bought it because it’s very light and has interchangeable lenses which he wants. He finds it just right for his needs and highly recommends it. Actually the camera on my iPhone is amazing and that’s what I use for absolutely every occasion apart, that is, from those selfies in front of the mirror. I’ve seen other bloggers use their iPhones but I do prefer using the Sony for the frugalfashion blog

  • 19th December 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I too have decorations from when I was little and every year out they come for their annual airing. And big kid that I am, I still hang up the net stocking that I’ve had since I was born, um, er, must be 76 years ago now. Like me it’s a bit worn round the edges but has quite happily travelled to Australia and America for Father Christmas to find and fill. Talk about the smells of Christmas Past! Oranges, ‘gold’ chocolate pennies, a silver sixpence and, oh, deep joy, the smell of books! Happy Christmases indeed!
    As for the hat… Lovely. And what a bargain. My deep brown one, from a carboot sale in Scotland, cost twice as much as yours. I think they look their best when worn low and level like in the first photo. Tres elegant!
    Ellie: Enjoy New York (and being with your family). We’ve just got back from there and miss it already.
    And Penny: a Merry Christmas to you and yours and to all your readers.

    • 23rd December 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi Zepherine, what a beautiful name. Yes, those decorations of the past. We used to put up paper chains across the room which I kept for some time, but discarded. However, I do have my mother’s paper bell and ball, the kind that are flat and you fold outwards and pin to make their shape.

      As for your hat, that’s still a good price – deep brown, sounds great! And Season’s Greetings to you.

  • 20th December 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I’m so envious, you find such great stuff, I go into charity shops but never find anything I like in my size – 14. I love the dress and the hat is great.

    • 23rd December 2016 at 9:06 am

      The thing is some towns just don’t have the stock or the style of clothes that you like so you have to find that town or city that has got a good set of charity shops. The one place that has the best charity shops near me is really unexpected as you just wouldn’t think it would have a good selection – it’s not Brighton! But another thing is, even in that town, I look and don’t buy for several weeks, and then just when you don’t expect it, there is that Karen Millen dress!

      Btw, currently, I’m not looking at all! All the very best for 2017 and good hunting!

  • 21st December 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I love your hat! And such a bargain. The dress is also lovely. I had a rummage in a St Clare’s shop today but didn’t find anything (yet). Like you, I am finding it hard to get the Christmas spirit. I nearly didn’t bother with a tree.

    • 23rd December 2016 at 9:09 am

      Thanks so much for your comment on the hat – I love it! However, I mustn’t wear it in the rain. I did just recently (got caught in a shower) and I thought the brim had changed ever so slightly. So i) won’t do that that again and ii) seriously considering buying another as a back-up. At that price I think I might just do that!

      All the best for 2017

  • 2nd January 2017 at 11:36 pm

    One can never have too many hats, and yours was a fabulous deal! Plus, the tan color is so versatile and you’ll have such joy wearing it with everything (it looks super with your new dress)! Thanks for participating in Hat Attack!

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